The seventh annual Salmon Slam Ukee Bowl Jam is this Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Ucluelet Skatepark.
Registration for all categories opens at noon, with the kids’ division set to fire up around 1 p.m. and advanced skaters dropping-in around 4 p.m.
“It’s always a really good time. There are lots of people from the mainland that come over for it,” said event organizer Alicia Gilmour.
This year, Gilmour said there are women skaters coming from Montreal to compete as well as other competitors journeying from Oregon, Washington, Vancouver, and Victoria.
“There are some really good skateboarding that goes down later on in the event when the advanced category starts. It’s pretty high level.”
The event is in partnership with the District of Ucluelet and a fundraiser for the third phase of the skatepark expansion.
“It hasn’t been designed yet, but there is an upper section that is a series of quarter pipes, it’s like a half-bowl. They are going to try to close that in so that there is a full ramp.”
Gilmour said there would also be event T-shirts on sale with proceeds going towards victims of the B.C. Wildfires.
DJ Layback from Vancouver is booked to spin tunes for the family-friendly crowd.
“It’ll be like the final hooray of the summer before school starts; like a farewell session,” she said.
Following the skate competition, folks can head to an after-party at Ucluelet’s Army, Navy and Airforce Veteran’s Club.
“The big headliner is the DayGlo Abortions. They are a well-known band from the 80s. They are a bunch of punk rocker dudes,” said Gilmour. “There will also be three other bands and a SkullSkate movie premiere that night.”
Tickets to the after-party are $20 at the door.